The $100 Race: Privilege, Class, Social Inequalities Explained - Racism, Immigrants, & Broken Homes
Updated: Apr 24
Have you heard of the $100 Race?
It's a short 4 min video (see below) that sums up Race, Privilege, Class, and Social Inequalities.
It sums up how and why some never make it to the finish line.
And why others do.
It shows us why some continue to finish first. Going to the best schools.
While others don't...(see related links below)
My Parents Story
And if you're a child of immigrant parents like I am, it might say something about you and your family too.
My parents arrived in Canada in 1968 with just a few dollars to their name. Within the first few days, they were swindled out of half of what they had.
Not able to speak the language, they took the first jobs they could find, making $1 per hour sowing purses and nylons in the ghettos of Montreal.
The cards were stacked against us from the start.
They started near the back of the line.
But my parents stuck together. They didn't get divorced.
And while my father was constantly working, and emotionally distant to his children, unable to overcome some of his own childhood traumas, he stuck around, and I learned valuable lessons from him too.
Eventually, we made it, our family that is. My sister and I went on to finish university.
We have stable families and lives of our own.
We were lucky. We were fortunate.
I understand now that many others have so much more stacked against them.
Others are Not so Fortunate
They start further behind.
Helping their single mom pay the bills.
Or taking an extra job to help support their younger siblings.
They have MANY incredible talents but may not realize it yet.
They may not have their Life Foundations developed yet.
The Moral Of This Story:
If in you're journey you've faced racism, or hate, or come from a broken home, or are a survivor of your own trauma, of a parent or parents who couldn't support you, there's a single important message for you to remember:
Your dreams matter.
And what you do next in this world, matters the most.
If your starting position is near the front
Stay humble. Stay grateful. Know that this had nothing to do with you. Don't squander your opportunities. Don't neglect your duties, responsibilities, and gifts to yourself, your family and to those who might need your help today..those starting further down the line, behind you. Help yourself but NOT at the expense of others, and when times are good, take less and give more.
If you're starting near the back
Like the countless others have and will, give it your all. You can do this.
Life wasn't meant to be easy. In fact, it was meant to be hard.
And when you set out to accomplish your goals, no matter what happens, you'll grow along the way.
In moving forward, you'll show the world truly what you're made of. Because you won't give in to fear.
That means you, if you're just starting university, or you, looking for your first big career job, or you, transitioning into what you love now, later in life, late bloomers. And it also means you, those nearing the final chapters of life. It's never too late to do that thing you've always wanted.
But dreams will never be enough. It takes action. And consistency.
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